Doing away with the pretense that US troops in Yemen are exclusively there on a “training mission,” officials are confirming that “about 20 US special forces” are on the ground and engaged in a “focused counter-terrorism campaign.”
With drones pounding southern Yemen on a near daily basis, the confirmation shows that the troops are not just in Yemen, but are actually directing the Yemeni military in their suddenly aggressive offensive against the Abyan Province.
The revelation comes just days after the most recent denial by Leon Panetta, who insisted that there was no consideration of US ground troops inside Yemen. President Obama had likewise ruled out such a move repeatedly.
Though this is the first official acknowledgement of the mission, the Pentagon accidentally confirmed the operation in early March, when it announced that a US “security team,” which was never reported deployed in the first place, had come under attack in Aden.
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The whole business is really about preventing South Yemen to separate from the control of Sana'a government. With the disintegration of central governance in Yemen, chance has been opened for them to try again. But Saudi Arabia is — this time very creatively — butting its nose in this neighborhood. This time, it is inventing a slew of underware obsessed warriors, Just like Bahrain, Yemen may become a client state of Saudi Arabia. But in reality, Saudi Arabia is just a contractor here, doing the job for US. It will try to keep the region under tight control, and rebellion-free.
A word of caution to all the brainy types in State Department. This subcontracting to Saudi Arabia is a dangerous business for US. Saudi Arabia is a well -controlled and air-tight police state. It is getting overstretched. It is not capable of running a mini-empire of its own. Its rulling class is a family of many relatives, but Saudi Arabia's wealth is also concentrated into hands of non-Saudi business elite. And those are — a large number of them — from the very yemeni south. US is hopefully aware of the subtle tensions in relationships within Saudi Kingdom.
So Uncle Sam has been prancing about Yemen on the ground, eh? Was a declaration of war made? Did anyone at NPR catch the memo? Does anyone give a rats ass? And just when will Panetta open his lying pie hole and confess the same about Syria?
A vote for Obama is a vote for more war
Do you think you will get a different result if Romney wins?
Murdering women and children for our freedom!!! The SF community must be very proud of their accomplishments.
Jerry: A vote for Obama is a vote for more war
It’s funny you mention that. I am forever hearing people complain about the war and the police state being implemented in the United States. Yet when I ask people who are they voting for, I get one of three answers: (1) I don’t vote, (2) Romney, (3) Obama.
My answer to them is always, “then you have no reason to complain.”
Interestingly enough, the lack of comprehension is always the same regardless of which one of the three answers is given. It would appear that the majority just cannot grasp the idea that by voting for these fools they are giving approval to the very things they claim to be opposed to.
It never fails to boggle my mind that people cannot grasp such an obvious concept.
The obvious concept you're overlooking is that in a constitutional republic voting should not make much difference. Unfortunately, for 200 years Presidents and Congress have been pissing on the Constitution by claiming powers which it does not authorize.
The return of 'Proxy Wars'! Dang, there isn't a mess anywhere on/around/or/near Planet Earth that US government won't stick their noses in.
Come on all you big strong men/women, Uncle Sam wants your bodies again.
Got involved in a terrible jam
A way down yonder in Yemenistan…
Ummm, Congressional authorization? Anyone? Authorization?
Duh, 25 years of US operations in Yemen. There's no surprise here folks,. move along.
If a president, no matter who it is must be impeached if he goes to war without a declaration of war from congress period final the end.
I believe this is a "gift" to SA; that way they can say that they are not getting their hands dirty things south of their border; they are having US do it as a training mission for them…
The bigger question is what are we getting from them, for doing it?
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